At 10 years old, many children may not think about picking up heavy objects and lifting them repeatedly. When not in fifth grade class, they’re probably outside riding their bikes or watching anime while eating a “delicious” bowl of sugary cereal. Powerlifter Jordan Mica can still do these things whenever he gets the chance, but he’s rare about pushing his strength in the gym at his young age.
On January 17, 2023, the parent/manager who runs a public Instagram account for Mica shared footage of the young man successfully. completing an 83.9-kilogram (185-pound) beltless deadlift. Not only can 10-year-old Mica put her barbell in a locked-out position completely raw, without a belt, but she makes the lift look easy and there was no sign of struggle or hesitation. According to Open Powerliftingthis pull nearly surpassed Mica’s all-time raw competition best of 85 kilograms (187.4 pounds) easily.
Mica’s big deadlift is part of his continued preparation for the 2023 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Third Street Barbell Open. As a young competitor, he will join his usual Youth Division in the bout scheduled for February 4, 2023, at the Third Street Barbell gym in Sacramento, CA. Mica will compete in the 52-kilogram (114-pound) weight class. Importantly, his competition category throughout the 2021 competition year is 47 kilograms (105 pounds) and he moved to the 52-kilogram class in 2022.
According to Mica’s Instagram parent/manager, she takes her time with her training and never goes full throttle at the risk of harming her long-term health. The young man is apparently a multi-sport athlete, who also focuses on becoming a skilled wrestler, and it usually takes about two to three months from lifting weights to fully recover his body. When he returns to strength training, he often starts from “square one” – a barbell with no additional weight – and gradually works his way back to a stable area.
“Jordan never tries to pick up where he left off. It’s been a lifelong journey of strength.”
In a preview of her future competition, Mica’s competition history is very impressive at a glance, regardless of her youth. According to Open Powerlifting, one of the notable competitions from Mica’s career came during the 2021 USAPL WARCATs Iron Initiative. He got first place in the Youth 47-kilogram weight class. He followed up that win by replicating his first-place success at the 2021 USAPL California State Championships, and did the same during the 2021 USAPL Warcat Open.
The upcoming USAPL Third Street Barbell Open competition in early February 2023 will mark Mica’s first competitive appearance in 2023. It will also be her first competition since the August 2022 USAPL California State Championships, where Mica set records at state in California for his squat (72.5 kilograms/ 160 pounds), bench press (37.5 kilograms/82.7 pounds), deadlift (85 kilograms/187 pounds), and total (195 kilograms/430 pounds).
It is very clear that Mica is not like other children her age. While he went on to carve out an impressive early powerlifting career, his extensive journey has only just begun.
Featured image: @jordan_mica on Instagram
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